New Leaves

Dec 13, 2017 by Bonnie

Christmas Letter 2017

Welcome, all wonders in one night! Eternity shut in a span!

Summer in Winter! Day in Night! Heaven in Earth and God in Man!

Great little one whose all-embracing birth

Lifts Earth to Heaven, Stoops Heaven to Earth! – Richard Crenshaw

God has truly blessed us this year—a busy but very special year. . .

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Nov 08, 2017 by Bonnie

1955 - Family Celebrations

Although Mom’s parents had come from New England, she was a Michigan girl, raised in Ferndale on East Woodland Avenue. Dad was originally from Bellaire (“up north”) but came down to the city to find work as an electrician, after taking an electrical course at Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. Mom and Dad each had one sister, and we had four cousins. I probably would have had lots more cousins if tragedy hadn’t intervened early in Dad’s life.


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Sep 24, 2017 by Bonnie

1954 - Life at Home and at a New School


Garry, Dottie, and I were blessed to live in a kind, loving family, as the majority of children in America did during those years. Mothers mostly stayed at home and concentrated their energies on caring for their children while the dads supported the family financially. 

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Sep 15, 2017 by Bonnie

Clawson 1953

I am hoping to share, each week, a little of my personal history of growing up in Clawson, Michigan.

 Our first home was in Berkley, Michigan, where Mom and Dad built a small 2-bedroom house on Ellwood, taking advantage of the new GI loans available to servicemen returning from World War 2.  For some reason, two-bedroom houses were popular then, but in 1953, with their third child on the way, Mom and Dad decided to sell and move to Clawson. I was six and my brother Garry was four. 

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Feb 06, 2017 by Arthur

God's Answer

It started out as a regular evening as we arrived in Columbia, South Carolina on our way to attend a retirement party for our good friends in Port Wentworth, Georgia. But, God had something else in mind for us that evening when we looked for a place to spend the night. 

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Oct 18, 2016 by Bonnie

On the Road Again

We are back on the road! Well, for a bit anyway. Most of you probably know that Mom Joyce passed away peacefully on September 19. We were glad to have her with us for seven months, and even though we thought it would be longer, we are glad that she is no longer suffering and is with her dear husband and older son. We are spending a few weeks in Michigan to visit Dave’s and Laura’s families and to scatter Mom Joyce’s ashes on Dad Joyce’s grave at White Chapel in Troy.

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Sep 26, 2016 by Arthur

Mom graduates to Heaven

One thing is certain about life, there's always change that will come. No one except the Lord knows what one day will hold from another. 

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Jul 13, 2016 by Bonnie

Is …there …anyone?

“Is anybody listening? I’m very concerned …”

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May 26, 2016 by Arthur

Hiatus Extension

Just wanted to give an update on the previous Hiatus entry. Things have changed! Wow! Is that unusual? Well …

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Jan 01, 2016 by Arthur

New Leaves Hiatus

Most every blog will take times of hiatus, which is, according to Dictionary.com, "a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc." And, our New Leaves blog is entering into that kind of interruption now.

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Dec 28, 2015 by Arthur

Van Trek

COMING SOON! Bonnie writes: “I suppose it was inevitable that I would end up on the road during retirement. It’s in my blood. In fact, I think most Americans have wandering in their blood. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants.” — So begins a new book by Bonnie entitled Van Trek - Touring the USA on a Social Security Income.

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Dec 25, 2015 by Arthur

Christmas Blessing

One of the greatest announcements made to mankind was "Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

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Dec 20, 2015 by Arthur

Christmas Letter 2015

It hardly seems possible that another year has gone by. This brings us to almost three full years since retirement when our new adventures began.

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Oct 15, 2015 by Arthur

TFC Homecoming 2015-

The native culture called Toccoa Falls “the beautiful.” It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, our alma mater, where we lived early in our marriage, in a mobile home park on the college grounds. After three wonderful years, in 1975, we both graduated from the college.

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Oct 05, 2015 by Arthur

It’s Raining!

There have been those individuals who have asked us, when they hear about our van-trek, "What do you do when it rains?” I’d like to give an answer to that question for those who haven’t yet had it answered.

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